After a nationwide postal survey showed the majority of Australians favor legalizing same-sex marriage, Australia's Parliament followed through with legislation, which allows same-sex unions to take place starting in January.
A surprising citizenship crisis has upended Australia's Parliament as a number of members have had their true citizenship called into question. Under Australia's constitution, dual citizens are not eligible for election.
The US and South Korea will carry out an annual joint military exercise including 12,000 US troops and hundreds of aircraft over the Korean Peninsula. This year's exercise comes amid heightened tensions around North Korea's recent missile test.
As Japanese Emperor Akihito prepares to abdicate his throne in 2019, debate resurfaces over whether the women of the royal family should be able to succeed the throne.
North Korea launched Wednesday a 'significantly more' powerful missile than what it has tested before. The launch heightens global tensions as the US aims to prevent North Korea from developing an intercontinental weapon of mass destruction.
Authorities in Beijing have been evicting domestic migrant workers from the capital in droves, triggering a public outcry over the harsh treatment of laborers the city depends on.
Indonesia is on high alert as Mount Agung on Bali erupts. Authorities have shut down the international airport due to the amount of volcanic ash in the air and look to quickly evacuate people living within 10 miles of the volcano.
South Korean intelligence agencies are keeping a close eye on their northern neighbor with suspicions that further missile tests by North Korea before year's end are likely. Political analysis also shows an internal overhaul of military officials within Pyongyang's government.
A North Korean soldier was shot five times while fleeing across to the south, marking it the first shooting at the jointly monitored border with South Korea in three decades.
South Korea begins implementing President Moon's "New Southern Policy" with a visit to Indonesia.
Indonesia has long required all citizens to practice only state-recognized religions, and the blasphemy laws of the 1960s meant steep punishments for those who did not. However, a new court ruling is opening the door for legal practice of previously illegal faiths.
Olympic Games organizers in South Korea are doing their part to reduce tensions with North Korea by including the North's athletes in the games alongside US, Chinese, and South Korean athletes as a sign of peace.
As the opening ceremonies approach, only a third of tickets have been sold. South Korea worries that tourism, expected to rise exponentially during the games, may ultimately falter because of tensions between neighboring North Korea and the United States.
President Moon Jae-in and President Xi are set to meet for the first time since Mr. Moon's election in May. The two leaders aim to ease tensions since South Korea allowed the United States to deploy a contentious missile defense system on its soil.